Fall 2014 One Room Challenge || Week One

10.01.2014



It's that time of year again!  I'm very excited to begin the One Room Challenge, which is the bi-annual event created and organized by Linda from Calling it Home.  All of the bloggers participating will redesign a room over six weekly posts.  I'm choosing my entry, which is very intimidating for me. I started to do my entry for ORC a year ago, but was overwhelmed and did my daughter's bedroom instead.  Designing a formal room makes me a little nervous.  When we moved into this house seven years ago, I didn't purchase one new thing for the entrance hall.  I used things that had worked in our last house. They didn't work here nearly as well.


So, here's one view of my entry.  Three questions are most likely foremost in your mind.   1)  Why's that opening not cased? Answer: We have no idea why casing wasn't put on this opening.  There are eight doors/openings that lead off of the entry, and all of them are cased but this one.  2) Why does a large piece of furniture protrude into the path of one's walk to the family room? Answer: Because when we moved I was exhausted from packing/moving and my brain wasn't functioning.  3)  Why did you put a hall runner there? Answer:  See answer for #2.

This lantern came with the house, and it looks itsy bitsy here. It's one of the things that has bothered me about our entrance hall for years.  What I'm replacing it with is so exciting I can't even believe it.  More to come on that soon. The thing that has annoyed me most in this room is the sideboard.  I love the piece itself, but it's placement makes me feel claustrophobic. It's going to be removed from the entry and something WONDERFUL will go on this wall. If you follow me on Instagram you might have an idea : )


The rug at the front door was borrowed.  It's too dark and too small for the space, so that's something else that will change.  Oh, and I'm dating myself here, but do the three doors remind you at all of Let's Make a Deal?  The front door is in the middle with a coat closet on either side.  That's something else about which I'm not particularly crazy.

I don't have any inspiration photos.  I wish I did, but I can't find any that are similar to what's in my imagination.  Just know that I want to take this stuffy, stale, lifeless room and make it feel FRESH AND LIGHT.  As is, it doesn't feel like me.  Expect big changes!

Thank you for being here.  I'd love to hear any thoughts or suggestions.  You know I'm not an experienced interior designer. I'm just an enthusiast, and I'm in some pretty impressive company. I can use all of the help I can get!



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38 comments :

Alison Fauls said...

Can’t wait to see what you do with this space! Foyers can be so difficult but should set the tone of the whole house.

therelishedroost said...

Great foyer cant wait to see what you do!

SHERRY HART said...

It's a beautiful space to begin with! I know that the new and improved foyer will be stunning!

Albertina M. Cisneros said...

You are so funny with the three doors reminding us of Let's make a deal!! OMG I'm so, so excited to follow along! I can't wait to see all your ideas come together here. This will be such a beautiful entry.

Beth Connolly said...

Can't wait to see what you do. I know it will be wonderful. That fabric is to die for!

designchic said...

I love it already just from the Stroheim strie. It's such a beautiful entrance hall and I can't wait to see you work your magic, as always!!

Heather Moore Grahling | Vivid Hue Home said...

wow, this is awesome already. can't wait to see how you zhush it up! I'm in this time around as a linking participant!

Kimberly Lemmon said...

So pretty already Jennifer, but I've seen you work your magic so I'm excited about what we'll be seeing over the next few weeks. I 'm guessing that velvet is going on the walls? It's stunning!

Christina Baker said...

Soooooooo excited and you have soooo much work to do!! xoxo

jana bek said...

Ahh I'm so excited to see what you are dreaming up Jennifer esp intrigued about the light fixture. The space has so much potential I know you are going to rock it out!! XX jana

Christine Dovey said...

Foyers are my absolute favourite rooms to do - you can be gutsy with them and yours is already so pretty. I can't wait to see the transformation!

Dianne said...

Looking forward to this. My guess is you are making draperies to cover the side doors. I cannot imagine where else you would use that fabric unless you are having a piece of furniture made for the buffet wall with the painting over it.. Christina's painting will go on the buffet wall either way. I am just guessing and loving this. :) Your rooms are always a hit. I will be following and cheering you on. xo

Linda {Calling it Home} said...

I have a question, how do you get your dog to pose like that? She looks so interested in what you are doing. Can I borrow the rug, next? Things like missing, unexplained molding is something that would bother me, too. I can't wait to see where you are going with this. That sideboard is lovely.

Jill Sorensen-LiveLikeYou said...

Foyers are my fave to decorate. You want them to have you at "hello"! lol Can't wait to see what gorgeous transformation you will do. Now you've got me obsessing about all the doors. Can the left of entry set of doors be removed to mirror double wide opening on the right? Love the design challenge you have in your beautiful home! FUN!

Sandy at You May Be Wandering said...

I can't wait to see what you do, Jennifer! I know it will be fabulous!!! xoxo

Erin {House of Turquoise} said...

What a beautiful space already, I cannot wait to see what you have up your sleeves here! And I'm SUPER excited to see what you are using to replace the lantern!!

waitingonmartha said...

Yay! This is going to be so chic and fabulous! I love a grand foyer. Big hugs doll! xo

Vel Criste said...

you know i'll be following along this awesome project Jennifer!

Julie Khuu | Haute Khuuture said...

You had me at that gorgeous velvet! And in the most perfect shade of powdery blue, that new entry is going to be so elegant and welcoming!

Can't wait to peep the progress!

Xx- Julie
Peace. Love. LOL!

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Paige Minear said...

Girl! This space is so not you! I can't wait to see what you do with it ... you will make it fabulous!! And so funny you should mention it ... I so thought the same thing when I saw the three doors! xo

Jessie Miller said...

Oooooo you are such a tease! I can't wait to see what you turn out. Being the pro you are I know it will be jawdropping! XO

Tiffany said...

Yay, I'm doing my foyer too. I love your style and I'm sure it will be absolutely stunning.

Improvement List said...

I also need to redo my entry way, but still can't decide what direction to go with the design. Why is that space so intimidating? I look forward to seeing your updates!

Julie Taylor and Danni Greenwalt said...

Cant wait to see what your up too...

Tobe | BIA said...

ummm can i have that entry rug if you're done with it?? you know i love me a good persian rug! looking forward to this in a big way. can't wait to see the light fixture you chose!! ox

Naomi@DesignManifest said...

I always enjoy your makeovers! Looking forward to seeing these excited new pieces... especially the light :)

Susie @ Maddie G Designs said...

I love your vision and how you incorporate art into your spaces...and of course, pink! This will no doubt be fabulous!

BRASWELL said...

can't wait + i know yours will be beautiful. xxpeggybraswelldesign.com

kate@willowinteriors said...

LOL! Your questions cracked me up! You are going to nail this foyer. I cannot wait to see the light fixture you've cooked up and your the queen of amazing art so I know you've got that covered. :) I cannot wait to see more!

Segreto Finishes said...

So looking forward to seeing the progress! This challenge is so fun to watch !I'm sure the results will be gorgeous!
xo. Leslie
Segreto Finishes

Mary Ann Pickett said...

This is going to be gorgeous…I am excited!

brenda murphy said...

Gorgeous entry, love the Let's Make a Deal reference! To that point, maybe paint the coat closets the same colour as the walls, and the main door a fun vibrant colour that is pulled in from your decor…or any colour for that matter. Beautiful space, looking forward to your work:)

pam {simple details} said...

Jennifer, I always love the fresh, polished looks you create! I'm sure we're in for a treat with some fabulous art, too!

Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door said...

You have such a beautiful space to work with. And with your talent, this area will become a showstopper!

Kristen @ Pursuing Vintage said...

I'm sure it will be beautiful! And I do hope you find a wonderful place for that stunning sideboard - don't get rid of it completely!

Carrie @ Cosy Carolina Interiors said...

I can't wait to see what you do with the velvet. And the door situation! Whatever your plan I know it will be beautiful!

sarahsofiaproductions said...

You already know I'm a fan of blue and white! At first glance your front entryway looks inviting. However, some of things you point out that bother you are exactly what bother me about our front entryway, like the lighting fixture and rug. Can't wait to see how you transform this space!

KathyT said...

I saw the after and you should be a professional decorator. If you live in the ATL area you can decorate my house. The transformation is amazing. The sideboard is lovely but you were right to replace it with something that fit the space so much better. I am running into the same problem with my new house. I have a gorgeous metallic lacquered chest (obviously Dorothy Draper inspired) with carvings and ball feet but I know the wonderful boxy shape is going to be awkward in my new long narrow entry hall. When you buy something for the entry or any specific room, it is so difficult to rethink the piece. What did you do with the lovely sideboard? Were you able to rethink it?

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